"They walked into McVeigh's, Andre Price the only black guy in the place, thinking every black guy who ever came in was carrying a badge and gun.That's from McFetridge's Let It Ride, released as Swap in Canada in the fall and out next week from Minotaur Books in the United States. I'll send a copy of this border-hopping novel to the first reader with the correct answer to a simple geography question:
"At least a gun.
"He said to McKeon, `Good thing I have my Irish escort.'
"She sat down with her back to the wall under two rows of black-and-white pictures of men's faces, looked like blown-up mug shots to Price, and said, `I'm the wrong kind of Irish.' "
How many U.S. states are at least in part north of Canada's southernmost point? Closest answer without going over gets the book.
In the name of Michaëlle Jean, Leonard Cohen, k.d. lang, Roméo Dallaire, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Nancy Greene, I declare this competition Open!
© Peter Rozovsky 2010